Disabled people join mountain bikers at Scottish outdoor centre
An outdoor centre near the village of Carradale in Kintyre, Scotland, is giving members of the local disabled community and visitors with mobility problems the chance to travel along the same course as mountain bikers.
According to those at the Outdoor Activity Centre who came up with the concept, the idea of hiring out specially designed mobility scooters to help navigate the cross-country terrain was inspired by an episode of the BBC motoring series Top Gear, in which Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow presenters raced against a group of disabled UK Army personnel up a mountain.
The unique scheme, known as Network Carradale, is sure to be welcomed by adventurous users of new and used mobility cars around the area, which will see the participants make their way across 20 miles of slopes, rocks and puddles, just like their able-bodied peers can do on bikes.
The centre recently invested £11,500 on two of the special scooters, which can be hired for £14 and £60 for a day or week respectively.
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